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Posted by .338 mag. on Jan 28 2006
I run a 26' Alaskan Sea Runner with an 8'6" beam, 2 four stroke 115 hp Yamahas and a 156 gal. fuel tank. The boat weighs about 3,600 lbs. I would not want smaller engines and wish the gas tank was bigger. Fuel consumption depends on weight of boat, engines, speed and water.  All maint. is done in my yard. New batteries every 2 years and plenty of electronics for safety. I am careful about my ocean travels and will not start a trip if the marine weather report is not good for the planned duration of the trip. These Alaskan waters are unforgiving of mistakes and breakdowns. Go with 2 big engines. Docking, travling and limping in is easier and safer. Boats are a big cost. Boat maint.,electronics,insurance,registration, launch fees,vehicle parking and FUEL for the boat and tow vehicle etc. Buy the best set-up you can afford and keep it in tip top shape. This internet is full of boating info on cruising and boat handling. Get knowed up. If at all posible make some trips with someone who has spent some time in these waters. I have run around in boats for alot of years and I get smarter each trip. My family and I thank you sir for your service to our country. We believe in what you are doing and know we sleep safe at night because good men are risking their lives for us. We will pray for your safe return.      

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